Glitter Glasses DIY

Attack your frames with love (and glitter).

My stuffed pink alpaca makes the best model.

I loved my pink heart sunnies, but one day, possessed by a crazy notion, I attacked them. I popped the lenses out and covered what remained in glitter.

Reader, it looked amazing. And it was so easy! Here’s how you can do it too—using any kind of glasses frames.

What you’ll need:

  • A pair of sunglasses—you can use heart-shaped ones like mine, or any kind of cute frames, the cheaper the better to destroy them with abandon.
  • Glitter nail polish (the cheap kind is fine for this)
  • Cardboard/scratch paper/newspaper to use as a base
  • Optional: clear nail polish, if you want a glossier look.

How to do it:

1. Forcefully push the lenses out of your frames. This requires strength. Be careful not to hurt yourself!

2. GLITTERFICATION! Paint your sad, naked frames with your glitter nail polish. Don’t use too much or it will take a really long time to dry. Just dab it evenly all over the frames.

3. Go to sleep. Let your glasses dry overnight. Then wake up to see this:


4. (Optional) If you want to make your frames look shinier, add a coat of clear polish. Then let them dry for ANOTHER eight hours or so.

With love and glitter,


  • grete-samsa January 21st, 2013 7:26 PM

    I just did this to an old pair of 3D glasses and THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL NOW.

  • amazeedayzee January 21st, 2013 7:37 PM

    I love you. The moment I saw the thumbnail from the “Today” tab I was so excited for this. These are soooo cute.

  • shutitoff January 21st, 2013 7:48 PM

    Super cute but I can’t help but feel they’d be nice as regular ol’ glittery sunglasses too!

  • julietpetal January 21st, 2013 8:08 PM

    Is your stuffed alpaca from a Japanese claw-grab machine? Because I have one the same but white and that’s where it’s from! Altho I totally thought it was a llama.

    • Kaila January 22nd, 2013 8:10 PM

      I bought it from a toy recycle shop :)) Because I fail at Japanese UFO catcher machines ;_;

      And yes, I also thought it was a llama *_*

  • thesexyzebra January 21st, 2013 8:20 PM

    Is it possible to pop the lenses back in afterwards? Or does the nail polish gum up the frames too much?

  • grete-samsa January 21st, 2013 9:35 PM

    To those of you who are wondering: I am reasonably sure you don’t have to pop the lenses out if you put tape around the edges of them before you paint. You could probably do no tape if you have a VERY steady hand.

  • blackrabbit January 21st, 2013 10:52 PM

    I want an arpakasso so badly!

  • Guinevere January 21st, 2013 11:07 PM

    So cute!! I just saw a picture of some glitter cat-eye sunglasses the other day….I’ll have to make some now.

  • kat10 January 21st, 2013 11:29 PM

    Do you suppose it would come off with nail polish remover?

  • Mintvirgin January 22nd, 2013 3:51 AM

    interesting idea~
    I steal it, don’t you mind? :D

  • teenfurby January 22nd, 2013 4:39 AM

    so cute omg

  • zhajean January 22nd, 2013 6:40 AM

    this is so cute!

  • Pearl January 22nd, 2013 8:20 AM

    Omg! this is so cute! I love the way you showcased your new frames on Mr. Pink llama (?!) Yes, I just made up that name lol.

    • Kaila January 22nd, 2013 8:08 PM

      Mr. Pink llama is called “arpakasso” here in Japan haha ^^v

  • Mary the freak January 22nd, 2013 10:08 AM

    ARRRGH GLITTER!!! It’s literally my religion. This DIY is so perfect! <3

  • Domenic January 22nd, 2013 4:02 PM

    why ruin a perfectly good pair of shades… lolz

    • Britney January 22nd, 2013 7:34 PM

      Because glitter makes the world go round!

  • littleredradio January 22nd, 2013 4:11 PM

    I kind of really want to do this now. I love it.

  • babyybat January 22nd, 2013 4:14 PM

    glitter never fails to make my day.

  • becksbubble January 22nd, 2013 4:29 PM

    omg this is ridiculously cute! i love the alpaca plushie as well :D

  • StrawberryTwist January 22nd, 2013 7:50 PM

    This is SO adorable! I’m going to try this with my shades this summer! :D

  • MaggietheCat January 22nd, 2013 8:38 PM

    I mod podge glittered some funky old white shades with blue Martha Stewart glitter and they are SO GORGEOUS. Didn’t pop the lenses out because they’re glass and didn’t want to risk it, so I was just very careful.

    People are always soooo impressed that I did it myself.

  • asylum January 23rd, 2013 9:36 AM

    Super cool, I’m going to try this out this weekend!

  • ILoveNutella January 25th, 2013 12:05 AM

    Yesterday I bought the same pair of glasses. I have to do this NOW, is so cute <3

  • BiggestFan January 30th, 2013 1:21 PM

    That looks fantastic!I did this,it’s so easy but still so cool.

  • Emily F February 25th, 2013 12:48 PM

    I’m like a month late to the party, but I just painted my prescription glasses glittery gold. I’m looking forward to wearing them out, and being super fabulous.

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica June 2nd, 2013 9:06 AM

    Pretty! We need to coat the WORLD in glitter! <3